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"2019 S.V.A. Newz and Events"
S.V.A. website:  www.StonewallVets.org/mainpage.htm
*   e-mail: SVA@StonewallVets.org   *   telephone: (212) 627-1969   *
    SVA's color theme for March is green for St. Patrick's Day!
Updated:  19 March 2019 @ 11 a.m. (EST)




Saturday, June 22, 2019 -- "SVA's 50th ANNUAL CONFERENCE & STONEWALL REUNION + TESTIMONIALS"

The National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") sponsors, produces and presents the milestone, informative, unique, interesting, rare and fascinating "SVA's 50th Annual Conference and Symposium & Stonewall Veterans Reunion + Testimonials".............  SVA's divine venue for "STONEWALL-50" is the landmark St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on legendary Christopher Street at #81 off Seventh Avenue in historic Greenwich Village!.............  Conference, reunion and music ignites on Saturday, June 22nd @ 3:15 p.m. and shindigs until 6 p.m. or so!






Saturday, May 25 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MEETING at MANHATTAN G.L.B.T. CENTRE

This Memorial Day Weekend, as the National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association plans ahead for the half-century celebration of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and the half-century anniversary of the S.V.A., we also remember all of the Stonewall veterans who the G.L.B.T. community has lost!  Most were victims of the deadly AIDS War during all of the 1980s and the 1990s!  The tremendous loss changed the face of the G.L.B.T. today!  Comfort foods are available.  Meeting and commemoration begin @ 3:15 p.m.





Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

The STONEWALL Veterans' Association members mark the countdown of exactly two months until the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 27th, 1969!  This S.V.A. gathering is focused on further strategizing and planning for "STONEWALL-50"!  Documentarians will be present.  Get2gether is hosted by Willson Henderson.  Reports from S.V.A. Executive Committee members (all Stonewall veterans) such as Bert Coffman, Joni Sobel, Ramon Bellido, Rusty Rose, Bill Salzman and Nance Lomax.  Meeting starts @ 3:15 p.m.







Sunday, April 21 (Easter) -- "MOTOWN 60" T.V. SPECIAL STARRING DIANA ROSS @ 9 p.m.

This is the remarkable 60th anniversary of Motown Records founded by the musically and business brilliant Berry Gordy, Jr.  Ironically, it was fifty years ago during the Stonewall Era when Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptaions had their second successful national television special "Get It Together on Broadway"!






Sunday, April 22 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS "33rd ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION"

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS ("BC/EFA") is known for decades for producing some of the most professional, talented and fascinating shows on- or off-Broadway!  This is the incredible thirty-third incarnation of the awesome "Easter Bonnet Competition" -- a fund-raiser for BC/EFA.  Tom A. Viola is the incredible hands-on/feet-on executive producer!  Once again, the production is held at the legendary Minskoff Theatre at 200 West 45th Street at the famed Shubert Alley in the Times Square area of Manhattan, NY.  Showtime is @ 8 p.m.






Saturday, March 30 -- MONTHLY MEETING of the STONEWALL VETERANS @ 3:15 p.m.

This is the three-month marker before "STONEWALL-50" with the SVA's conference, the G.L.B.T. festivities involving S.V.A. and the two simultaneous Gay Pride parades/marches in New York City!!  Discussing and planning for those happenings is the main topic for today's meeting.  Some national media "S/W-50" project planners have confirmed.  Commandeering the meeting is the SVA's director Willson Henderson.  Communications with public officials are reported by Bert Coffman.  Updates on the Reclaim G.L.B.T. Pride March/NYC are stated by S.V.A. boardmember Ramon Bellido, who biweekly attends their weekly meetings.  Leigh McManus tells one-way conveyances with the main NYC Pubic Library in Manhattan regarding their overtly exclusionary and grossly lacking 'Stonewall'  history display.  Rusty Rose updates outreach with other G.L.B.T. organizations.  Members and guests are greeted at the door by the SVA's general manager AnDre Christie.  S.V.A. dues and sponsorships are payable by check.  Meeting at the Manhattan LGBT Centre begins sharply @ 3:15 p.m.





Wednesday, March 27 -- NEW YORK CITY G.L.B.T. PRIDE PARADE/MARCH TOWN HALL

This G.L.B.T. community forum is to openly discuss and plan the "Spirit of Stonewall March - STONEWALL-50"!  Thus, this  get2gether welcomes community input.  The actual milestone march, three months away, happens on the last Sunday in June on the 30th.  It blasts-off appropriately in Greenwich Village, NYC, in the the Stonewall National Monument area at Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street at high noon.  This G.L.B.T. town hall is held in the auditorium at the Manhattan LGBT Community Centre @ 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.





Tuesday, March 26 -- DIANA ROSS: #1 STONEWALL JUKEBOX SINGER and WORLD SUPERSTAR BIRTHDAY





Wednesday, March 20 -- S.V.A. SUPPER MEETING with REPS of the NYS GOVERNOR @ 5 p.m.






Saturday, March 16 -- NEW YORK CITY 258th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK's DAY PARADE on FIFTH AVENUE

Contrary to misinformation, the New York City St. Patrick's Parade has always had Gay people in it as participants and at it as spectators.  The G.L.B.T. Lavender & Green Alliance is the official Gay Irish group in the parade.  Special luminary marchers include NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The parade line-up is on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.  Parade proceeds up Fifth Avenue to East 80th Street.  Note: Although St. Pat's Day is on the 17th, the parade is 'never on a Sunday'!  Parade launches @ 11 a.m.
 





Wednesday, March 13 --  S.V.A. DINNER MEETING with "S/W-50" PROJECT PRODUCERS @ 5 p.m.





Wednesday, March 13 -- SVA's SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL HALLY WEINER's 84th BIRTHDAY!





Monday, March 11 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS GENDER-BENDER MUSICAL "BROADWAY BACKWARDS"

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS produces this exciting and highly-talented "Broadway Backwards" musical and theatrical event every year.  Executive (and hands-on) producer is Tom A. Viola.  Venue is the New Amsterdam Theatre at 214 West 42nd Street in Times Square in Manhattan.  Showtime @ 8 p.m.  For more 411, please visit:  www.BroadwayCares.org.





Sunday, March 10 -- ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSICAL TRIBUTE on TELEVISION SPECIAL

The "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, who passed a half-year ago, was also the soul queen at the original Stonewall Club in NYC!  Watching this super special will acquaint you with many songs by Aretha in the 1967 to 1969 Stonewall Jukebox.  They include: "I Ain't Never Loved A Man The Way I Love U", "Respect", "Dr. Feelgood", "Baby I Love U", "A Natural Woman", "Chain Of Fools", "Since You've Been Gone", "Think", "The House That Jack Built", "See-Saw" and "Share Your Love With Me"!  Performers featured singing Aretha songs are Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Smokey Robinson, Belinda Carlisle, John Legend and many other singers.  Showtime on CBS-TV is @ 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.  





Saturday, March 9 -- CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY'S ANNUAL ST. PAT'S PARTY in QUEENS

Among the confirmed guest speakers are Queens Borough President and Queens Borough District Attorney candidate Melinda R. Katz and former NYC Councilwoman and current Queens Borough President candidate Elizabeth Crowley.  The party venue is The Globe Tavern, a popular Irish drinkery and eatery, at 4910 Skillman Acenue in Sunnyside, Queens.  Blast-off is @ 7 p.m.  





Thursday, March 7 -- S.V.A. STAFF BIRTHDAY: RAINBOW MELLIQUE, YOUTH-4-SVA ORGANIZER





Wednesday, March 6 -- STONEWALL JUKEBOX SINGER BIRTHDAY: MARY WILSON of THE SUPREMES





Monday March 3 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY:  SVA's V.P. BERT COFFMAN from MANHATTAN





Friday, March 1 -- S.V.A. SOCIAL COMMITTEE SUPPER MEETING at ROSSO'S RESTAURANT

Co-chairing the S.V.A Social Committee's dinner meeting are the SVA's director Willson Henderson, S.V.A. vice-president Bert Coffman and SVA's general manager AnDre M. Christie, pulling up next to the eatery in his big BMW sedan.  This open-ended get2gether, with an expansive agenda, will be approximately three hours complete with Lambrusco and a four-course dinner!  Glasses clang @ 4:30 p.m.





Tuesday, February 26 -- SPECIAL ELECTION: N.Y.C. PUBLIC ADVOCATE





Saturday, February 24 -- 91st ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS a.k.a. THE OSCARS

Unquestionably, the gayest show on television virtually every year is the Academy Awards or, as Bette Davis named it, The Oscars -- Hollywood's biggest night!  It is the gayest show because of all the Gay talent, grand attire and over-the-top fanfare!  Gay favorite Barbra Streisand presents the 'Best Picture' award.  Glenn Close, on her seventh nomination for same, should win her well-deserved 'Best Actress' award for "The Wife" and her outstanding four-decade career!  Bette Midler sings "The Place That Lost Things Go" from the movie "Mary Poppins Returns".  Glamorous Jennifer Lopez appears with her dapper husband Alex Rodriguez!  "Dreamgirls" winner Jennifer Hudson belts out "I'll Fight" from the film "RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)".  La Gaga performs "Shallow" from (the fourth remake of) "A Star Is Born"!  Showtime is @ 8 p.m. on ABC-TV until 11 p.m. or so!





Saturday, February 23, 2019 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING

Attendees can expect an informative and exciting meeting at the S.V.A.  There is a diverse assemblage planned with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Lee Adams, several Stonewall veterans confirmed including Berti Coffman, Leigh McManus, Ramon Bellido and Joni Sobel, representatives from Reclaim LGBTQ Pride March, two producers from a national television network, a professor of Gay studies at Columbia University, and a few public advocate candidates confirmed including Jared Rich, Esq. activist Tony Herbert and Dr. David Eisenbach!  The SVA's general manager AnDre Christie provides a unique retrospective of the S.V.A. since he became a young staffer in 2003 including WLH being declared the 'Gay Rosa Parks' by the Civil Court of N.Y.C. and the pivotol Stonewall vets who the G.L.B.T. community lost over that period such as Storme DeLarverie, Emile Griffith, John-Paul Ranieri, Electra O'Mara, Charles Snyder and Dave West.  The S.V.A. meeting starts promptly @ 3:15 p.m. captained by Willson Henderson

S.V.A. Monthly Meeting - Saturday 23, 2019

SVA's February 2019 Monthly Meeting with a Surprise Brooklyn Male Public Official Guest!
There will also be a handful of 'select' (it means not all) N.Y.C. Public Advocate candidates.





Wednesday, February 20 -- S.V.A. BUSINESS SPONSOR PARTY in SOHO, MANHATTAN @ 6 p.m.






Tuesday, February 19 -- NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE FORUM 

This important forum, exactly one week before the special election of a new N.Y.C. Public Advocate, is sponsored by the Manhattan Black Bar Association ("MBBA").  Confirmed candidates include  Jared M. Rich, Esq.Dawn Smalls, Esq. and Michael A. Blake.  Currently, the public advocate position is vacant.  The impressive venue is in the state-of-the-art auditorium of the Fordham Law School at 150 West 62nd Street opposite Lincoln Center in Manhattan, NY.  Program commences @ 6:30 p.m. followed by a catered reception!  





Monday, February 18 -- SUPPER MEETING with a NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC OFFICIAL @ 5 p.m.







Tuesday, February 5 -- PUBLIC ADVOCATE DEBATE at MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE @ 6 p.m.






Tuesday, February 5 -- LONGTIME GAY DEMOCRATIC LEADER JAMES R. "JIM" McMANUS DIES at 84






Tuesday, February 5 -- S.V.A. BOARDMEMBER BIRTHDAY: SANJAY PETERSEN of BROOKLYN, NY





Saturday, January 26, 2019 -- STONEWALL VETERANS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING

S.V.A. Monthly Meeting - Saturday 26, 2019

STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association does not meet on holidays or holiday weekends.  The SVA's
next monthly meeting is on 'the last Saturday of the month', January 26th, 2019 @ 3:15 until 5 p.m.
There is a surprise New York 'elected' guest speaker!  This meeting features 'select' candidates for the next NYC
Public Advocate (P/A).  Candidates 
must schedule a specific time with S.V.A.  P/A election is Tuesday, February 23th!


Post-Event Update:  The special public official guest speaker was New York State Senator Dyane J. Savino!








Saturday, January 19 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY: LEIGH P. McMANUS of HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND






Wednesday, January 16 -- NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE CANDIDATES' FORUM at GLBT CENTRE @7 p.m.
 






Wednesday, January 2 -- S.V.A. FORMER STAFFER BIRTHDAY: DONALD RAY WILLIAMS of LONG BEACH, LI






2019:  HALF-CENTURY ANNIVERSARY of 1969 G.L.B.T. STONEWALL REBELLION







Updated:

4 March
2019